Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sandwiches

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Living in Kansas City, our family developed a taste for BBQ flavors. I had never had a BBQ sandwich before we lived there. They’re simple to make and very filling. They aren’t best friends for those on healthy diets, but for once-in-awhile, they are a great treat.

This recipe makes great use of the electric pressure cooker. Simply season the meat and and let the instant pot do the work. In just a little while, shred the meat and use as a sandwich filling with BBQ sauce and dill pickles. Delish!

Pork roast goes on sale regularly for less than a dollar which makes this a great budget meal. A huge jar of dill pickles is available at Costco for about $3. And I’m often able to pick up bottled BBQ sauce for free after sales and coupons. If you make your own buns, this can be quite a good (&cheap) eat.

Price Breakdown:
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast – $2
salt, pepper, and garlic powder – $0.10
hamburger buns – $1.50
BBQ sauce – free
dill pickle slices – $0.25

Total cost for 8 sandwiches = $3.85!


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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins

Cook up some tender, flavorful pork to fill your favorite BBQ Pork Sandwiches. The process is so easy, yet makes dinner amazing!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ pork, BBQ sandwiches, pork, pork loin, pulled pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds country-style pork strips
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Toppings: BBQ sauce and dill pickle slices
  1. Heat the oil on saute until shimmering. Season the pork strips with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Brown quickly, until all sides have a nice crust.

  2. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle with oregano. Add 1 cup water to the pot.

  3. Secure the cover and lock the pressure valve. Set the machine for 35 minutes on manual. Use 10-minute natural pressure release. 

  4. The meat should be fall-apart tender. Save the juices for chili, stew, or soup. Shred the meat and moisten with some juices if needed.

  5. Assemble the sandwiches by placing a generous amount of shredded pork on hamburger buns. Top with BBQ sauce and dill pickles.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: the shredded meat can be frozen for a later date. Simply cool and store in an airtight container. Chill completely before freezing. To serve: thaw completely in the refrigerator. Reheat and serve.

Nutritional values do not include toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Anne says

    I can only dream about finding ANY kind of meat for less than $1 a pound. In my area (Maine), $3.00 per lb is a great deal!

  2. Linda says

    This sounds great! Does it do well to freeze after you shred it up?

  3. Jenny says

    Yum! Toss a little slaw on top and we are all set

  4. Lisa Mettam says

    If you don’t have the free bottle of BBQ sauce, you can try Eastern NC BBQ sauce… not much more than vinegar, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and pepper… tabasco if you want a little more zing. Most people have all those things in their pantry already, so it’ll cost almost nothing.


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